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How Speed Gates improve the security of your school or college

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The education sector has to consistently handle higher levels of footfall traffic than almost any other. In these situations businesses need to strike a balance between security and ease of access for students and other visitors. The perfect mix can be found by implementing speed gates in key high footfall areas.

Speed gate is an umbrella term for a variety of entry solutions. This includes Swing Lanes, Speed Lanes, Sliding gates and Swing Gates. All of these solutions have uses in a variety of sectors, but here at EA Group we believe they are the perfect entryway for a number of locations in the education sector. Schools, colleges and universities all need to manage attendance and have a clear picture of exactly who is within any premise at a given time. Here’s why we believe that speed gates are the perfect tool for the job.

Manage attendance

In the event of an emergency, it’s vital that staff are informed of the ID of every student and staff member in each area of your site. Whilst registers help in the classroom, and database services like SIMS track records on a wider scale, maintaining a clear record of exactly who is where can be incredibly valuable in an emergency.

Speed gates, combined with ID cards create the most organised access control solution. Students and staff simply scan their card upon entry to either your school’s main building, or individual locations, such as libraries or lecture halls. This means that only authorised people are allowed within your premises, but also that in event of an emergency, staff can check records and understand exactly who is where.

All of our speed gates are equipped with emergency features that allow them to be easily bypassed, if need be, but also come with tailgating detection to stop any unauthorised entrants from following others through a gate.

For accessibility purposes, we can also offer larger glass swing gates, that are ideal for allowing wheelchairs or other mobility devices to pass through quickly and securely.

Provide better security

Ensuring that pupils and staff can learn and work in a safe environment is paramount for any educational organisation. Speed gates provide an extra layer of security to your premises.

Our speed gates are designed to not intrude on your space, with our new Swing Lane S model featuring a slimmer and more space efficient design, but still provide a strong visual obstacle against intrusion. Human security methods, such as staff checking lanyards or ID at colleges or universities are often effective but can be slow when dealing with hundreds of pupils.

Our speed gates help to guarantee that pupils can always move about your premise quickly, with our gates taking seconds to open and requiring minimal contact. Alerts will be sounded in case of unauthorised access, tailgating, piggybacking, or if an authorised user has passed their card back to help someone else enter.

For your convenience, we can also equip speed gates with simple manual controls. This allows staff to overlook who is entering any open gates and quickly close manually if needed.

We understand that no two entryways are the same. That’s why we can tailor the height of our gates to fit the security requirements you need it to fill, whether you’re creating an obstacle to impede unwanted entry, or a more advanced solution to protect a secure laboratory or office space.

Implement Covid19 measures

Reducing the spread of illness has to be taken into consideration when implementing any entrance solution. For schools and colleges this is especially important. Managing your flow of pedestrian traffic by making sure students enter through speed gates in an organised manner is a great way to implement safety measures such as social distancing.

Other entry solutions may require the presence of more staff, or more hands-on methods of entry such as doors or turnstiles. With speed gates, you can use contactless models to make entry faster and Covid-friendly.

Speed gates can also be manually left open or closed to better encourage a one-way-system around your premise if needed. These solutions are great at both reducing the spread of infection in the short-term but will also provide better security for your school, college or university moving forward. All of the solutions mentioned feature a robust and long-lasting design, providing a balance between aesthetics, convenience and security.

EA Group are the UK’s leading provider of entrance solutions. All our entranceways are tailored to your businesses’ specific dimensions and requirements, giving you an entrance that remains efficient and aesthetically pleasing for years to come. To get in touch with our team, call EA Group on 01372 459536, or to find out more about our speed gates, visit our website.